Special Report

The Most Expensive College in Every State

Colorado: University of Denver
> Annual net price: $37,263
> University of Denver admission rate: 58.7%
> 2018-2019 undergraduate enrollment: 6,203
> Located: Denver

The University of Denver is a private research university that is over 150 years old. It narrowly edged out Platt College – Aurora to rank as the state’s most expensive school, with students paying $37,263 for tuition, books, room and board, minus any financial aid.

The University of Denver’s admission rate is 58.7%, just slightly higher than the average across U.S. colleges.

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Connecticut: Quinnipiac University
> Annual net price: $41,636
> Quinnipiac University admission rate: 70.1%
> 2018-2019 undergraduate enrollment: 8,026
> Located: Hamden

Located in the southern Connecticut city of Hamden, Quinnipiac University is well known for its polling, covering elections and political issues. The university’s polls are often cited by major news organizations. With students who receive financial aid paying over $41,000 to attend Quinnipiac, the university is one of the most expensive in the entire country. Even Ivy League school Yale University in nearby New Haven costs less than half of what Quinnipiac University does.

Source: Wesley College

Delaware: Wesley College
> Annual net price: $24,705
> Wesley College admission rate: 61.4%
> 2018-2019 undergraduate enrollment: 1,329
> Located: Dover

Wesley College is one of just five qualifying four-year colleges in the state of Delaware, and by far the most expensive. Students receiving financial aid pay on average $24,705 to attend Wesley, over $7,000 more than the next college in the state.

In spite of its relatively high annual cost, Wesley’s admitted students have the lowest test scores among Delaware colleges for which there are data. The typical school student scores a 922 combined between the math and reading SAT tests, and a composite score of 18 on the ACT test.

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Florida: Ringling College of Art and Design
> Annual net price: $52,384
> Ringling College of Art and Design admission rate: 63.9%
> 2018-2019 undergraduate enrollment: 1,570
> Located: Sarasota

Ringling College of Art and Design is the second most expensive four-year college in the country and one of just five with an annual net price for students receiving financial aid of over $50,000.

The private college in Sarasota, Florida offers 13 different bachelor of arts and fine arts degrees in majors like film, graphic design, creative writing, and more.

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Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
> Annual net price: $44,460
> Savannah College of Art and Design admission rate: 95.9%
> 2018-2019 undergraduate enrollment: 12,966
> Located: Savannah

Savannah College of Art and Design is one of the largest institutions to rank as the most expensive in its state, with nearly 13,000 undergraduate students. It is one of many art schools to appear on this list. Students pay $44,460 for tuition, books, room and board, minus any financial aid.

Nearly 96% of applicants to this school are accepted, compared to a 65% acceptance rate for the typical school. The college offers dozens of majors, including in painting, performing arts, and photography as well as in more business-focused studies like design management, creative business leadership, and social strategy and management.

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